PRESTON, Wash. - A falling tree crushed a car and killed two people near Preston according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
It happened on Preston-Fall City Road just north of Southeast 85th Plaza. The first call to 911 came in at 3:04 p.m. which is when most peak wind gusts in the region were measured on Sunday.
The medical examiner's office identified the pair killed as 59-year-old Camille Martlin and 22-year-old Max Martlin.
"What really makes me take pause, and my heart go out to people, is the fact that having had a look at the car I see two pumpkins in the back that probably need carving and that makes me think that related somehow to the two victims in the car could be kids that are going to be impacted by this tragedy. My heart goes out to the families and especially to the little kids," said Major Rodney Chinnick of the King County Sheriff's Office.
Firefighters assisted contractors with tree removal. The crew said the base of the tree measured eight feet around, and the top of the tree measured six feet around the trunk.
Major Chinnick said the tree snapped from higher ground up the bank that's beside the road.
"Because of the rain and the wind, you may have trees that were weakened that could still come down, so I would urge everybody to consider staying home," said Major Chinnick.
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